All posts by Michael Paul Gonzalez

Finding Time…

I found a couple of new agents/publishing houses to look at while attending the West Hollywood book fair. I also got to see Neil Gaiman in conversation, and composed a haiku for the ACLU. All in all, a fairly productive time. I’m struggling to get a new batch of queries out while simultaneously selling my car and several other odds and ends. Wasn’t my life supposed to get simpler after the wedding?

There’s a short story contest coming up for Writer’s Digest. I’ll have to see if I can hit the Nov. 1 deadline.

And the spec scripts are coming along nicely. I’m anxious to hear them read, so we can begin rewriting before we start submitting to studios, and then, who knows?

And yes, I know the Bengals lost… but it’s not the end of the world. Yet.

It doesn’t get much better than this…

3-0! bengals are in sole posession of first place. And the schedule’s looking fairly soft until week 7, when they’ll face some angry Steelers.

Bask in this, Cincy fans!

In other news, I’ve found a new agency to query, so I’ll be preparing seom things feverishly over the course of the week. it’s time to start shopping the books around again, because (hopefully) when pitch season starts, I’ll be far too busy for it.

Cross the fingers now!

Now we’re rolling!

Working on a Spec series is fun… trying to sell one will probably be … not as much fun. We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted as we get closer, but will have to be mostly crytpic regarding what the show is actually about, since that would be giving ideas away before their time…

In other news, it’s week two in the NFL and guess what?

Yeah, that’s right! Bengals: STILL #1 and undefeated! How long can this last? I’ll enjoy it while I can. As a bonus, Da Bears are doing okay too!

Back to work…

This is nice to see.

From the AP:
WASHINGTON – President Bush said Tuesday that “I take responsibility” for failures in dealing with Hurricane Katrina and that the disaster raised broader questions about the government’s ability to respond to natural disasters as well as terror attacks.

“Katrina exposed serious problems in our response capability at all levels of government,” Bush said at joint White House news conference with the president of Iraq. “To the extent the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.”

Honestly, with his numbers in the polls this is a necessary step, but a very refreshing one considering how he’s handled his other blunders. Let’s hope this is a step in the right direction, and further, let’s hope Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco follow suit and apologize, followed by every state and local politician.

Don’t hold your breath. They’ll have the levees rebuilt before we’d see such a move.


Again, it’s never too early for fingerpointing. The longer we wait, the longer the gestation period for mega-spin and political rhetoric.
So now, quite literally, it’s literally a he said she said thing.
And guess who loses?

Urge your media (like it will do any good…): Don’t let anybody off the hook!

This from the Washington Post:

Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.

The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request. “Quite frankly, if they’d been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals,” said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly.

A senior administration official said that Bush has clear legal authority to federalize National Guard units to quell civil disturbances under the Insurrection Act and will continue to try to unify the chains of command that are split among the president, the Louisiana governor and the New Orleans mayor.

Louisiana did not reach out to a multi-state mutual aid compact for assistance until Wednesday, three state and federal officials said.

Aaaaaand this from the Al Franken Show (AirAmericaRadio) Blog:

We also played audio from BBC2’s NewsNight with Jeremy Paxman’s roundtable with Pippa Malmgren, former Bush economic adviser, and Sidney Blumenthal. Take a gander:

MALMGREN: I think the key here question is, what was the responsibility of the officials at the local level, as well.

PAXMAN: You’re not agreeing, then, with the proposition stops with the president.

MALMGREN: Not on emergency response. The bottom line is the president begged the governor of louisiana to declare a federal emergency. She declined. They declared a state emergency instead. This raised all kinds of issues in the federal government. It has been illegal since 1872 for the president to send federal troops into a state, unless the government requests their presence.

PAXMAN: Sidney Blumenthal, Technically, that’s correct, isn’t it?

BLUMENTHAL: No. It’s not only technically not correct, it’s factually incorrect. On August 26, Governor Blanco of Louisiana sent a letter to President Bush asking him to federalize the emergency. On the next day, August 27th, he sent a letter back confirming that he had indeed federalized the emergency. So, that indeed is what has happened.

PAXMAN: At that point, technically, the president was in charge, and he could have done what he wished.

BLUMENTHAL: He was in complete charge, and the governor had requested that he be in complete charge.

Who’s fault was it? Look in the mirror…

Some interesting things to ponder as we examine whose fault this disaster was (it’s never too early to start). I found a quote from the AP on August 28th as the storm was moving in…

“Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding. “There doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight,” Blanco said.”

Which simultaneously seems to implicate the State and Federal Government. The local authorities could have organized an assertive rescue effort to bus people out. Check this article out about how they handle things in Virginia. Now, of course, everything that happened in VA was on a smaller scale, and only a success because of help from FEMA. But still, if the government isn’t listening to you, then do something yourself! New Orleans had the resources…

but they obviously weren’t used. President Bush urged an evacuation, so he knew what was coming. Why wasn’t help poised nearby and ready to go? Check this out from Even FoxNews, of all outlets, pointed out government ineptitude (well, Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera (!) did, while Sean Hannity tried to spin away…). Plus get bonus Kanye West footage. I can’t say he’s right on, but he’s damn close. And Mike Myers reaction is classic! Kanye shook up those Hollywood fakers who went on the air to read pre-scripted banter so they could go home and feel better about themselves. Kanye demanded answers and pledged action. That’s the real deal.